The incarnation provided the platform for the inauguration of Father’s Kingdom by Jesus.
Paul captures two themes on the subject in 2 Corinthians 5:19, where he posits that, “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”
First and foremost the role of Christ as the reconciler, bringing divinity into humanity. Secondly our role as the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit in the continuation of the work of reconciliation here on earth.
To this end Stanley Hauerwas argues that:
[t]he salvation promised in the good news is not a life free from suffering, free from servitude, but rather a life that freely suffers, that freely serves, because such suffering and service is the hallmark of the Kingdom established by Jesus. As Christians we do not seek to be free but rather to be of use, for it is only by serving that we discover the freedom offered by God. We have learned that freedom cannot be had by becoming “autonomous” – free from all claims except those we voluntarily accept – but rather freedom literally comes by having our self-absorption challenged by the needs of another. “ – After Christendom? 1991, pp 53-4
Join us this Sunday for my new series: God was in Christ.
This Sunday I will be laying some foundations to enable us build through sound knowledge. Over the coming weeks we will be examining Jesus in history and Jesus in Christian doctrine. This is with a view that we recover what has been lost, and review that which we have for the future and posterity of the faith and humanity.
The Parish Hall
St John’s Sidcup,
Kent DA14 6BX